Gazini Ganados, a resident of Talisay City, Cebu, was crowned the new Miss Universe Philippines on Sunday night, June 10, at the grand coronation night held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.
Aside from the 23-year-old Gazini, five other beauty queens were named during the pageant's culminating activity. They were Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 Bea Patricia Magtanong, Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Ramirez Saeed, Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019 Emma Mary Tiglao, Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo, and Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Mae Bautista.
Before winning the competition, the six beauty queens and nine other finalists went through the nerve-wracking question and answer portion.
Each candidate was given 30 seconds to answer questions that tackled socially-relevant topics such as gender equality, freedom of the press, and nature conservation, among many others.
Here are the winning answers of this year's batch of Bibining Pilipinas queens:
If you win the crown tonight, what can you do to get more women in the workplace?
Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados: "If I win the crown tonight, what I will do is to promote my advocacy. My advocacy is for us women to fight for our rights and for the elderly care community. And for us to be able to know that someone is loving us, and someone is pushing us to whatever ambitions that we have. We will be able to rise from our decisions, to whatever dreams that we have, goals that we have, and we will achieve it because of those values, those wisdoms that they gave us. Thank you."
If you have the opportunity to meet somebody globally influencial, who would that be and why?
Bb. Pilipinas International 2019 Bea Patricia Magtanong: "I really idolize Angelina Jolie because she was blessed wth such a thriving career in Hollywood, but then, as a woman, she was able to use that influence, that voice, and that audience to advocate for the causes that she believes in, like world hunger with the UN. And someday, if I am given the chance, I would like to be just like her. Thank you."
Recently, migration and migrating became the most searched words on Google. What would you like to say to those disheartened Filipinos who seem to have lost hope for our country?
Bb. Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Ramirez Saeed: "I would say that history has shown us that Filipinos are very good at remaining steadfast despite any hardships or any violent shown towards us. We do not stand for discrimination, and I would say that if you've lost your way, turn back to God, and walk towards him. Thank you."
Is free press important in a democratic society?
Bb. Pilipinas Intercontinental 2019 Emma Mary Tiglao: "Yes, it's important because with the press, we are able to be aware not only in our country Philippines, but also around the world of what's happening. And as a press, we should be responsible, and also as a citizen, we should be responsible on the credible sites we should look for. Thank you."
What is your best non-physical asset and why do you say so?
Bb. Pilipinas Grand International 2019 Samantha Lo: "I believe that the best non-physical asset could be your spirit. I believe that when we have a strong spirit, a strong aura, we shine from within. We spread it. It's a beautiful butterfly effect, and I continue to encourage everyone to have positivity and show love. There's no need for negativity. There's nothing productive about it. Let's continue to shine and show love to people. Thank you."
How do you define success?
Bb. Pilipinas Globe 2019 Leren Mae Bautista: "My definition of success is raising my flag of bravery against bullying. It’s because I experienced hurtful words, heard so many things that hurt my feelings, but the 10-year-old girl fights for her rights, fights for what she believes in, and she believes in herself and trusts herself."